Comedian Kemboi

Ezekiel Kemboi could have been a stand-up comedian.
His antics certainly had the press in raptures, but like all stand-up comedians he also made many valid points, albeit in a humorous way.
“South Asians have cricket, Europeans have football, and Kenyans have

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Bolt’s best yet to come?

Even champions get jitters. Usain Bolt certainly did, as on the starting blocks of the race that would either define his life or shatter his aura, Bolt battled the butterflies in his stomach.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it [Daegu],” said Bolt. A false start in the World Championship in Daegu last year had seen Bolt disqualified. “But when I came

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Britain in love with Jessica

Of the seven heptathlon events, her most favourite one is 100m hurdles so Jessica Ennis must have some ideas about China’s Liu Xiang, the poster boy in Beijing four years ago.
It all had ended in agony for Liu, the first Asian man to take gold in an Olympics track event, winning the 110m hurdles at Athens in 2004, which made him a superstar in

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‘Go Mo Go’

The giant screens at the Olympic Stadium often invite audience to make some noise but it was not something needed when Mohammed Farah raced his 10,000-metre run on Saturday.
The crowd were already on their feet seeking Jessica Ennis and George Rutherford picking up two gold medals for Great Britain and when Farah began his race they had

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Serena’s dream comes true

Serena Williams annihilated Maria Sharapova to win the women’s tennis singles gold medal here at the All England Club yesterday.
When it was over, Williams, who owns 14 major championships as a professional and has earned more prize money than any other female player danced like a 6-year-old in

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London Diary

Birthday boy Ryan Lochte is set to be upstaged again by United States rival Tyler Clary as they wind down from their Olympic exertions in the pool. After stealing
Lochte’s 200m backstroke crown with a surprise gold medal on Thursday, Clary revealed he is heading to the heart of London’s west end to mix it up again with a DJ-ing

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Mohan’s exit ends BD interest

The Olympic Stadium was buzzing by the time the clock struck ten on Saturday morning, but out in the corner on the straight, the curtain-raising event of the day took place in relative obscurity.
The first men’s 100-metre preliminary rounds kicked-off proceedings yesterday but for the watching thousands, every name on the scoreboard of the Olympic Park was

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Mohan takes the field today

Mohan Khan, Bangladesh’s last remaining athlete in Olympics 2012, will take the field today when he will sprint in men’s 100-metre pre-qualifying heats at the Olympics Stadium.
Mohan, who was drawn in the first heat, said he is very relaxed before this long cherished event.
‘I am not at all nervous,’ said Mohan. ‘I know I have nothing to lose, but everything

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Speed costs Pendleton

“These things happen,” said a weary looking Victoria Pendleton. She said it with purpose, her brilliant blue eyes looking straight at the journalist who had asked her the question. But even then you got the feeling that the only person she was trying to convince was herself.
“How could they do this to you Vicky?” was the question directed at Great Britain’s

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A game far too wide

As the USA took the second set in tie-break Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende put his both hands on the head. The game was still evenly-poised but he sensed the worst and at the end he was proved right.
Brazil lost their epic Pool B volleyball battle to the USA by 3-1 sets in what was a rematch of last Olympic final and the gallery, fully dominated by Brazilian supporters, fell silent for

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London Diary

London Olympic 2012
London Diary
After we reported yesterday that luminaries as diverse and impressive as Dmitri Medvedev (RUS), Kobe Bryant (USA) and Prince Albert of Monaco had been among the glitterati gracing the stands at these games, the celeb-sightings poured in from other sports, determined not to be outdone.
One breathless snowboarding fan of our acquaintance reported that two-time

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Friendship core of swim rivalry

Michael Phelps tiptoed into the press conference, taking exaggerated steps with his massive frame. On the podium, Ryan Lochte who was answering a question, looked at Phelps with a flummoxed expression.
A second later, they both burst out laughing.
It was a wonderful moment partially because not thirty minutes ago, both these guys

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Olympics hit by series of controversies

No Olympics is free from controversies but it seems London is having one too many with one after another debate unfolding making it very hard for the organisers to cope with.
No sooner than the doping allegation against Chinese swimming champion Ye Shiwen dried down a match-fixing scandal by badminton players hit the Games and before the calm is restored a

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So good yet so far

Bangladesh swimmer put on a decent show in his only event in London Olympics when he clocked 24.64 seconds to finish 39th among 58 swimmers in the 50-metre freestyle heat on Thursday.
The timing and position easily met the expectation of Mahfizur, Bangladesh’s best freestyle swimmer in the last five years, who came here thankfully via a wildcard given to him by the

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A dream realised after eight years of wait

In the whole five minutes of the prize giving ceremony he did not smile for a second. A little lip movement while singing the national anthem and that was that – Daniel Gyurta looked like an ironman during the entire ceremony. To anyone who watched an emotional South African Chad le Clos, who broke down in tears while receiving his gold medal in the previous evening, the

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Missile misfires

Aussies on the wane in the pool
You didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out James Magnussen’s expression after Wednesday night’s thrilling 100-metre freestyle swimming final.
The Australian first had his head buried in his hands. Moments later he could be seen staring straight into the wall of the swimming pool, hoping perhaps that the water would, for once, swallow him

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Emotional Phelps makes history

Michael Phelps ensured his status as the greatest ever Olympian on Tuesday night in London when he swam the anchor leg of a demanding relay race to earn his 19th medal.
His win in the 4×200 metre freestyle relay for US also ended his unexpected gold drought that took his sleep away and added to suspicion if he will be able to

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Maria enchants

The dazzling streak of blonde hair, the piercing scream with every shot of the ball and the full house on Centre Court — Maria Sharapova certainly makes her presence felt.
The Russian tennis player is a true superstar and you get that feeling almost as soon as she steps onto the centre court at Wimbledon during her second round match against Laura Robson of

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